- Actors: Robert Donat, Cedrick Hardwicke, Margaret Leighton, Basil Radford, Kathleen Harrison
- Format: DVD Region
- Language: English
- Dubbed: English
- Number of discs: 1
- Run Time: 113 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- ASIN: 6303250742
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #230,870 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
The Winslow Boy
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Based on the play by Terence Rattigan, this British drama finds young Ronnie Winslow (Neil North) accused of a petty theft and expelled from naval school. Convinced of his innocence, the boy's father (Cedric Hardwicke) and sister (Margaret Leighton) become dedicated to seeing justice done, and, along with a committed lawyer, Sir Robert Morton (Robert Donat), they embark on a series of courtroom battles to clear Ronnie's name, making personal sacrifices during the protracted case.
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First his father, and then a famous lawyer fight to clear his name.
Robert Donat is terrific as the lawyer, and some of the character arcs
are very touching, but a number of the performances are stagy and
awkward, and the ending is too neat and perfect.
Definitely worth seeing for some great moments, but I found it more
uneven than most. So much so that I will try to see it again.
The VHS tape is far from a great transfer. The film really deserves upgrading
Beyond that, there are many VHS versions out there (I assume the
title is in public domain), and the first I bought under this listing had
a slightly different box, and was recorded at slow speed, so the transfer
was almost unwatchable. Buyer beware.
The family retains the services of the well respected barrister, Sir Robert Morton, cooly played with dash by the ever wonderful Robert Donat, who agrees to represent the boy. The case becomes a cause celebre all over England, and Sir Morton's client becomes known as that Winslow boy, a notoriety that shakes the boy's very proper family to its core. While the case wends its way through the British legal system, tension between the boy's intelligent, bluestocking sistersister, beautifully played by the talented Margaret Leighton, and his barrister bubbles to the surface, and the sparks begin to fly.
The old time English courtroom scenes that follow will satisfy all legal beagles and lovers of courtroom drama. The resolution of the suit is somewhat predictable, but enhanced by the delicious wit of the dialogue and the wonderful performances by the entire cast. The movie ends on a note of romantic hope, as it does not lament what might have been between the barrister and the boy's sister, but, instead, augers what is surely to come.
All in all, this is a terrific movie with a stellar cast.
in rare QUALITY condition! This was a gently-used copy from long ago(probably privately owned). This follows a rare courtroom drama in England around World War 1 with great stars like Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Robert Donat, that enhance a wonderful screenplay.Old-fashioned ethics and way of life of a genteel British drama of a newly-retired bank
officer who has to face failing health and solving the dilemma of a falsely-accused younger son who has been banished from a naval college and disgrace to the family name. I would definitely use this Seller again!!
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I suggest you hang in there with this movie, it can seem quiet, elitist, and overwhelmingly boring at it's beginning. But that's simply due to the playwright wanting to portray a typically self-centered, upper-class family as it goes about its daily lifestyle. It's also due to the players not overwhelming the parts they're given, allowing the story to become a sum of its parts. Let this story quietly pull you in, you'll likely not forget it.
For such a very "dry" story, I have to admit that, while hearing Violet's tale of the trial's verdict, I put my hands over my face and cried. I rarely do this at movies. You'll have your own reasons, but for me, filling in the blanks of the verdict's aftermath brought me to tears. Highly recommend spending some quiet moments watching this film.
If you like movies with sophisticated, humorous and uplifting dialogue.
If you like movies dealing with important legal, social, and family issues.
If you like period pieces with fascinating settings of fashion, geography, manners, economics, etc.
If you like excellent emotion-inducing acting,
This might be for you.
Warning - one woman's hairdo that will bring "what-the-heck?" response, then instant comparisons with a certain Star Wars character.
When young Ronnie Winslow is expelled from naval college for stealing five shillings, his family rallies around him in support of his innocence. While his elderly and newly retired father ruins his own health and nearly bankrupts the family pursuing justice in a court of law, his older sister, a suffragette, take his cause up on principle, sacrificing her marriage settlement and reputation in the process.
Soon their case is taken up by the elegant Sir Robert Morton who will challenge the Crown on the basis of a petition of right -and it is a marvel of Common Law that an ordinary citizen is permitted to do so.
Wonderful performances all around particularly by Cedric Hardwick and Robert Donat, and Margaret Leighton who is both strong minded and feminine enough to wear the charming hats which attract Sir Robert -who admires both qualities.